North Beach girl is state’s Miss Ju­nior Pre-Teen

Vic­to­ria Schref­fler crowned Miss Mary­land Ju­nior Pre-Teen 2018

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In al­most ev­ery as­pect, Vic­to­ria Schref­fler is a typ­i­cal 10-year-old. She loves the color pink, is on so­cial me­dia (In­sta­gram: vic­to­rias chref­fler) and eat­ing pasta (“I could eat it at ev­ery meal”) and keeps busy with cheer­lead­ing, dance and gym­nas­tics (“It’s my fa­vorite thing to do in the whole world”).

The North Beach fifth-grader is even busier now af­ter win­ning the Miss Mary­land Ju­nior Pre-Teen ti­tle at the 2018 Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss Mary­land held in Au­gust in Re­ston, Va.

“I still can’t be­lieve it,” said Schref­fler, who beat out 54 other com­peti­tors. “Last year I took fourth place and had a chance to go to na­tion­als where I was able to meet girls from all over the coun­try and now I’m able to go again. I’m ec­static about it.”

“I was ab­so­lutely proud and very pleased,” said Shref­fler’s fa­ther, Don. “For my child to get up and speak in front of more than 600 peo­ple with con­fi­dence and au­thor­ity at 10 years old is a learned skill. I watched her work hard for it and any­time you see any­body, es­pe­cially an un­der­dog, come in and get their just re­wards for hard work, and they didn’t cheat, they didn’t take a short­cut. For any­one, I don’t care who it is, I find that an ap­peal­ing no­tion, and hav­ing it be my daugh­ter made it all that much more eas­ier. I’ve been ex­tremely pleased.”

Schref­fler has lofty goals for the na­tional pageant, which will be held in No­vem­ber in Ana­heim, Calif.

“I’m ex­pect­ing to win, but if I don’t win I’m hop­ing to at least get a top five” fin­ish, she said. “I need to smile a lot more. And when I smile more my cheeks hurt when I go on stage, but smil­ing is the main, main thing you have to do. And if you see the judges smil­ing you know you’re do­ing some­thing right.”

Schref­fler com­peted in thee manda­tory cat­e­gories that in­cluded in­ter­view, per­sonal in­tro­duc­tion and for­mal wear and com­mu­nity ser­vice project.

“I wanted a big gown to stand out from all the other girls be­cause that’s what’s go­ing to re­ally catch the judges’ eyes,” Schref­fler said of the for­mal gown com­pe­ti­tion, for which she and her mother de­signed a pink dress with a top that she added was “re­ally, re­ally, re­ally sparkly. I thought with my hair up it would make me re­ally stand out. It was my fa­vorite dress I’ve ever had.”

She said be­ing on stage in front of sev­eral hun­dred spec­ta­tors takes some get­ting used to.

“Some­times it’s scary and some­times it’s not,” she said. “It de­pends on the crowd and how I’m feel­ing that day. One day I may be scared, one day I may be fine.”

She helped pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion by con­stantly prac­tic­ing her run­way walk.

“It’s re­ally funny but at school I’ll do my run­way walk,” she said. “Your hair should be mov­ing a lit­tle bit, just a lit­tle bit with maybe a bounce, you look at the judges with a glance, make a pose or two then walk off. You want to have sass and at­ti­tude.”

Schref­fler, who also won the ca­sual wear com­pe­ti­tion (with “A Day at the Beach” and “A Day in New York City” themed out­fits), was awarded cash, gifts and ex­pe­ri­ences.

Dur­ing her year, she will make sev­eral pub­lic ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing a few weeks back at the Mary­land State Fair. She is also sched­uled to visit Ronald McDonald House.

“One of the big things I want to do in my year is I re­ally want to go across the state and be able to in­spire girls and em­power them,” she said. “I want to make sure that they know that no mat­ter what they do in life that they know they’re beau­ti­ful, they’re kind, they’re trust­wor­thy, and they are smart.”

Schref­fler is also the founder of Toi­letries of Tri­umph, which col­lects and dis­trib­utes toi­letries to those in need.

“I was won­der­ing, ‘How can I change this prob­lem we have in our com­mu­nity?’” said Schref­fler, who re­lies on do­na­tions and who has also col­lab­o­rated with the Calvert County Com­mis­sion for Women and North­ern High School’s Mi­nor­ity Schol­ars. “Peo­ple are on the side of the road and aren’t able to eat and they don’t have any clothes or shel­ter and they don’t have any help and the gov­ern­ment is do­ing noth­ing with this. And to me that was just so up­set­ting that no­body was help­ing them with this.”

It was the third straight year Shref­fler has com­peted in the pageant.

“My first year I was so scared I could barely move,” she ad­mit­ted. “You don’t know what the pageant’s like, you don’t know what the girls you’re com­pet­ing against will be like, and you don’t know if the judges are go­ing to be kind or rude or what they’re look­ing for. I was kind of clue­less.”|

But last year she placed fourth and earned a trip to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to com­pete against other run­ners-up through fourth-place fin­ish­ers.

“It was kind of funny but I was ac­tu­ally cry­ing and peo­ple thought I was up­set I got fourth place,” she said, “so I had to tell them, ‘They’re ac­tu­ally tears of joy. I’m re­ally ex­cited.’”

She said the dif­fer­ence was the fact she had a lot more con­fi­dence this year.

“I thought I had a re­ally good chance [to win] but I knew I needed to be a lot more com­mit­ted to re­ally want this ti­tle,” she said. “My mind­set this year was to re­ally have con­fi­dence in my­self. I had con­fi­dence in my­self last year, don’t get me wrong, but this year I felt I had more con­fi­dence in my­self so I smiled big­ger, I dreamed big­ger, I re­ally felt com­mit­ted to it.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Vic­to­ria Schref­fler re­cently won the Miss Mary­land Ju­nior Pre-Teen ti­tle at the 2018 Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss Mary­land held in Au­gust in Re­ston, Va.

Vic­to­ria Schref­fler of North Beach is crowned Miss Mary­land Ju­nior Pre-Teen in Au­gust in Vir­ginia.

Ten-year-old Vic­to­ria Schref­fler of North Beach re­cently won the Miss Mary­land Ju­nior Pre-Teen ti­tle at the 2018 Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss Mary­land held in Au­gust in Re­ston, Va.

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